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Does Podrick’s song in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 foreshadow Jon-Daenerys’ fate?

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Does Podrick's song in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 foreshadow Jon-Dany's fate?

Podrick showed us his singing abilities in the latest episode and it was one of the most beautiful moments of Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2, ‘A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms‘.

A host of unlikely characters have gathered before the fireplace in the Great Hall of Winterfell to spend, as they fear, the last night of their lives. Tyrion Lannister requests a song, and Podrick Payne responds with a haunting melody – “High in the halls of the kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts.” An emotional montage of several characters accompanies the song, each one of them preparing themselves for the coming battle.

This is Jenny’s Song, from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire on which Game of Thrones is based. In the books, it has a special significance on multiple levels and is thought to be connected with the Targaryen dynasty, the Azor Ahai prophecy, and particularly, the fate of Jon Snow AKA Aegon Targaryen and Daenerys Targaryen.

The showrunners seem to be pointing towards the last bit as well, as the song is immediately followed by the scene where Jon reveals his true ancestry to Daenerys. It also plays during the end credit of the episode, though that version is performed by Florence+The Machine. Evidently, the showrunners consider this song significant and want it to appear so as well. Why is that?

To understand this we have to delve deep into Targaryen family history, and a few textual references from here and there. Read on!

In the book A Storm of Swords, we find only the first two lines of Jenny’s Song, but the showrunners added some additional lyrics.

High in the halls of the kings who are gone
Jenny would dance with her ghosts. 
The ones she had lost and the ones she had found. 
And the ones who had loved her the most.
The ones who’d been gone for so very long
She couldn’t remember their names
They spun her around on the damp, cold stone
Spun away her sorrow and pain
And she never wanted to leave.

There are several levels of textual references at play here.

Giving up a throne

The Jenny mentioned here is widely accepted as Jenny Oldstone, a lowborn maid who got married to a crown prince, Duncan Targaryen. Duncan was the uncle of Aerys II, Daenerys’s father and Jon’s grandfather. Duncan gave up his claim to the throne to marry Jenny, as his family did not approve of her. That is why Aerys II could become king, as his father Jaehaerys II went on to become the king despite not being the eldest child.

jennys song refers to dany-jon's fate

Jenny and Duncan’s story fits snugly with the situation Jon and Daenerys are in right now. Dany is claiming the throne, but Jon is the better claimant. Does this foreshadow that either Dany or Jon will give up their own claim to the throne for love?

Also, the “High hall” where Jenny is dancing “with the ghosts” is Summerhall, a Targaryen palace which was partly destroyed in a fire. Jenny’s husband Duncan died in that fire, who can be one of the “ghosts” Jenny is dancing with. A Dance of Dragons reveals that Rhaegar Targaryen was born in Summerhall during this tragedy, and was “haunted by its shadow” for the rest of his life.

Azor Ahai

Jenny brought a “Woods Witch” with her as a companion when she came to King’s Landing after her marriage to Duncan. This is the witch who prophecised that Azor Ahai, or the Prince/Princess Who was Promised, would come of Aerys II and Rhaella Targaryen’s line. Duncan forced Aerys and Rhaella to marry against their wishes for this very reason. Their firstborn Rhaegar was thought to be Azor Ahai for a long time.

Does Podrick's Song in Season 8 Episode 2 Foreshadow Jon-Dany's Fate?

Rhaegar was not Azor Ahai. But as his sister and son, both Daenerys and Jon have the chance of being the prophecised warrior who will end the Long Night.

What it all means

The show places this song right before Daenerys learns the truth about Jon. Within minutes, the Army of the Dead reaches the perimeter of Winterfell. The song speaks of ghosts trapped in a castle and evokes the prophecy that tied the Targaryens to Azor Ahai. The show has diverged a lot from the book series at this point, but Azor Ahai has always been an important theme. The song definitely connects to it in some way.

Is the identity of Azor Ahai finally going be revealed soon, then? Is it Dany or Jon? Is the Long Night here to stay? Or it’s going to be a very different sort of “Dawn” as this theory suggests? The answer may lie in the next couple of episodes.

What do you think Jenny’s Song signifies in the show? Tell us in the comments!







Writer, translator, and high fantasy nerd based in Kolkata, India. Would dearly love to own a pet dragon some day, but the black market isn't really helping.

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Daenerys
Daenerys
2 years ago

It’s great that they expanded on “Jenny’s Song” as this is also the song that Rhaegar played on his harp & sang a fair bit, it was one of his favourite songs. He loved going to the remains of Summerhall, his birthplace that burned down the day he was born & play that. Would be great to get more flashbacks of Rhaegar & the Targaryens, there’s hardly ever a mention of Queen Rhaella; and Rhaegar is, in a way,the reason for all the events since season 1 & before & Robert’s Rebellion.

Banhisekha
Banhisekha
2 years ago

this is naaaaaaiiiiiiiceeeeee

Louise
Louise
2 years ago

I believe that there lies answers in the crypt of Winterfell, and the Godswood where Bran has chosen to wait for the Night King…the hot springs that lie beneath the Godswood are also significant…in the Book if Ice and Fire there is a reference in regards to Dragons.

Dorota Kozlowska
Dorota Kozlowska
2 years ago

This song from episode 2 sounds very ominous to me, not regarding to Dany but Arya. COnsidering every Stark is burried in the cripts and that Arya was the one having “dance” lessons in season 1/first book and her having a “good scene” in previous episode and in the season trailer she is very frightened running through the halls of Winterfell.. Literally having a Ned Stark moment here, her being the last person I want dead (my fav character).: “High in the halls of the kings who are gone Jenny would dance with her ghosts. The ones she had lost… Read more »

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Balerion, The Black Dread, might not show up in House of The Dragon

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Balerion, The Black Dread, might not show up in House of The Dragon

HBO just dropped the teaser trailer for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon, and it broke the internet as soon as it was released. The highly anticipated prequel series has been HBO’s top priority for quite some time, and judging by the reaction of the fans that the teaser received, we can assume that they were right to do so. Though we witnessed several details about the upcoming show from the teaser, and of course the recent leaks, we didn’t get much information about the dragons, hardly any at all. But the teaser did give a slight hint about a certain dragon, Aegon The Conqueror’s famous ride Balerion the Black Dread might not be there in the series.

Balerion, The Black Dread, might not show up in House of The Dragon

In the teaser, we captured a quick glance at what appears to be a dragon skull. Judging by the size of the skull, and the thousands of lit candles in front of it, we can assume it is the skull of Balerion, who was dead by the time of Dance of the Dragons in Fire and Blood novel.

The size of the skull is comparable, if not slightly bigger than the skull we have seen in Game of Thrones, stored in the Red Keep. Another fact that points towards Balerion’s absence is that HBO recently changed the description of House of The Dragon on their official website. Instead of the earlier synopsis that said the timeline of the show being set 300 years prior to Game of Thrones, it has now been changed to 200 years. Balerion died in 94 AC, when Viserys I Targaryen was still young and hadn’t ascended to the throne. Hence it is very unlikely the dreadful beast will make an appearance, given that the series mainly focuses on the civil war that began after Viserys’ death.

Have you noticed any other details in the teaser? Talk to us in the comments below!

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New House of The Dragon leaks might be showing the first look at Daemon Targaryen’s first wife

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Rhaenyra Targaryen

Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving fast with its production, and we can expect a spring release in 2022. Most of the main characters have been cast, and HBO has officially declared who’s playing who in the much-awaited prequel. With set pictures leaking quite often on the internet, the fans are getting a glimpse of more cast members in action. Recently, another rather unknown member of the House of The Dragon cast came into the limelight, via a leaked picture from the Aldershot set posted by Portal House of The Dragon Brasil.

One of the most common theories about the cast member in question is that she’s playing Prince Daemon Targaryen’s first wife Rhea Royce. This is how the character’s wiki describes her:

In 97 AC, Queen Alysanne Targaryen wed her grandson, Prince Daemon Targaryen, to Lady Rhea Royce, the heir to Runestone. Although the marriage was a fine, rich match, the marriage was not a success. Daemon found the Vale of Arryn little to his liking and grew bored. He soon developed a dislike for his wife, holding no love or affection toward Rhea, referring to her as his bronze bitch, a mocking reference to the ancient armour of the Royces. Rhea likewise had no love for Daemon, and they were soon estranged.”

Well, the armour certainly checks out, but other details about the character are currently under wraps. Who do you think the character from the recent leaks is? Tell us in the comments below!







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Recent leaks from the set of House of The Dragon point at Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon’s wedding celebrations?

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Filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving very swiftly, as evident from the frequent leaks we’re witnessing with every passing day. Though HBO has been mum about revealing any more info about the show, these periodic leaks are causing waves of excitement amongst the fans, as they’re left wondering and speculating who’s who in the new set pictures. Here’s one of the theories we have been pondering about looking at the most recent leaks, the crew of House of The Dragon is gearing up for a tourney being held for Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon’s wedding celebrations.

Theo Nate to play Laenor Velaryon in Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon

There are plenty of factors that point towards the above conclusion. One, in the last few days, we have seen a few leaks showing a young Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon taking a walk together on a beach. Two, we recently had more pictures of Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen filming on set, one in Royal costume and the newest ones in Targaryen battle gear. Props for his dragon Caraxes were not spotted as well, and since he mostly rides Caraxes for a battle, it seems more than likely that he’s donning the armour for a tourney.

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen battle gear on House of The Dragon set

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen battle gear on House of The Dragon set

Also, there were pictures of a Targaryen camp being set up, close to the place where Daemon Targaryen was spotted in costume. There are not many soldiers in the view, so it doesn’t seem to be like a preparation for war.

Fresh leaks from the set of House of The Dragon show Targaryen camps being constructed on Holywell Beach

However, one of the flaws to the theory is that in the book, the tourney was held at King’s Landing, while all the shots above have been taken close to a beach. Tell us about your theories in the comments below!







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